"(Johnny) New Light" as written by Nick Laird-clowes and Gilbert Gabriel....
Johnny was a child
When the wheels of progress came
And slowed things down again

Oh, when the wheat was high
And a big moon sailed in a rolling sky
And the stars came down so close
You could touch them just like rings
And you felt so happy-sad
It all seemed part of the same thing
Oh, when the days ran wild
And he was a child

And later on when the tractors came
And made light work, that would have taken days
So with nothing else to do
We just turned the days to rain
It would take an endless chain of circumstance
To get up and start again

Oh, when the tractors came
The the field of grain.
Johnny, now those days have ended
There's no more time on our side
They say, in a little while
It will all take on a new light.


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"(Johnny) New Light" as written by Nick Laird-clowes Gilbert Alexander Gabriel

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    General Comment'Progress' once again crushes the peace of rural existence. But were the feelings that 'Johnny' had as a child any different than a child growing up post-changes in a 'new light'?

    It's too late for Johnny to adjust to it all, but the next generation won't know the difference living in their 'days of rain'. The sad thing here is not that Johnny will never have his world back, it's that the next generation will never understand what it was like.
    ctlizyrdon September 10, 2007   Link

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